State senators Ken Donnelly, Democrat of Arlington, and Will Brownsberger, Democrat of Belmont are among those endorsing state attorney general candidate Warren Tolman, Democrat of Watertown, the Tolman campaign has announced. He expects to face Maura Healey in the September primary.
"The towns of Arlington, Lexington, Belmont and Watertown are home to some of our state's strongest and most thoughtful progressives," Tolman said in a news release. "It's a great honor to receive the support of the area's top legislators as I campaign to use the Attorney General's office to be a leader, a fighter and an advocate standing up for all Massachusetts residents."
Senator Donnelly said in the release: "From taking on Big Tobacco to being the state's only Clean Elections candidate, Warren Tolman has a record of not backing away from difficult challenges. Warren has the leadership experience and public policy expertise to use the Attorney General's office to move Massachusetts forward."
The Friends of Spy Pond Park have scheduled work days for 2014 on Saturdays in spring and fall from 1 to 4 p.m. and in July and August from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain dates the following Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.).
The first work day is Saturday, April 19 (rain date the next day).
Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm) has signed a 10-year lease with the Town of Lexington to start a community farm on the Busa Farm property on Lowell Street next to the Arlington Reservoir. This small, nonprofit farm with professional farmers, operated entirely for public benefit, plans to open its farm stand Saturday, April 19.
The day will kick off with the Menotomy Minute Men raising the flag at Town Hall at 7 a.m. and end with the Lancers’ reenactment of Paul Revere and William Dawes’ historic ride with a stop by Arlington Town Hall around 11:45 a.m.
Arlington parents who want to know what special-education services are available through the town's public schools now have one place to look, a 19-page booklet.
The push for the booklet came from a parent group; the staff of the Arlington public schools' special-education department put together the first such reference. It was handed out to the School Committee at its April 10 meeting.
"As far as I know, it is the only recent effort to describe our current programming," wrote Kathleen Lockyer, interim director of special education.
Starks seeks conversation about impact on students
The discussion began as quietly as a Dallin student taking an online test; it edged toward a decidedly emotional pitch.
Assistant Superintendent Laura Chesson told the School Committee on Thursday, April 10, that students at Dallin and Ottoson had participated in testing of PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Students had handled matters, she said, easier than the adults or the computer network, as Arlington is among a number of school statewide trying out the online exams, due to replace MCAS in 2016.
Police tracing drops of blood to a bandaged finger have arrested a teenage student at Arlington High School following a break-in at the Gulf Station on River Street early Monday, April 14.
A report by Officer Greg Foley describes how police found the suspect, who is not named because of his age. The station, near the Mystic River, has had nine previous breaking-and-entering reports since 2002, police said.
As Town Meeting is set to begin April 28, a number of efforts are underway to inform members and the public about issues the meeting will face.
Precinct 18 will be holding its pre-Town Meeting precinctmeeting, set for the Senior Center, 27 Maple St., on Tuesday, April 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. Poet's Corner residents, Arlmont residents and anyone else interested in reviewing the upcoming warrant are welcome to attend.
Stories seen as frightening to some kindergartners will not curtail Tools of the Mind, a program the superintendent called "premiere" and "a major paradigm shift."
Parents Katy Coughlin and Michael Vartabedian had filed a complaint last fall about the Magic Tree House book series, which they said included scenes inappropriate for 5-year-olds. The books are among a number that Tools of the Mind uses.
After a committee studied the issue, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said Thursday, April 10, she concurred with its recommendations, and the School Committee supported her, 7-0.
"This is the result we expected, unfortunately," Coughlin wrote April 12. The couples' viewpoint about Magic Tree House is expressed in this opinion piece.
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